Steelers Are 45 Minute Men

John SobocinskiCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2009

1984:  Running back Franco Harris #32 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs during a game in the 1984 NFL season.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Does anyone remember the mantra of the 90's Blitz-burgh Steelers?  They wore t-shirts under their jerseys that read "60 Minute Men."  Well I propose that we offer a nickname for this year's Steeler defense... "the 45 Minute Men."  This team plays up to or down to the level of their competition week in and week out for 45 minutes and then blows leads late in the game.  I was optimistic until yesterday and I have decided to throw in the towel and allow the fat lady to sing.  I totally expect the secondary to make Brady Quinn look like Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, or Dan Marino on Thursday.  I suspect that the Steelers will take a close lead into the 4th quarter again only to allow Quinn to dissect them with precision and accuracy as our defensive backs fall, miss assignments, and drop potential game-clinching interceptions.  This is the worst I've seen the secondary play, against inferior competition, in over a decade. 

I love my team and I've been a fan since the early 1970's.  I've followed the Steelers through thick and thin and always will!  Ihave the team symbol branded to my arm and I will probably go to my grave in Steeler gear, but ENOUGH is ENOUGH.  WHEN DOES THE BLEEDING STOP!!!!